Let’s explore this important distinction in more detail.
Science has come a long way in recent decades to track the benefits of the cannabis plant and its chief cannabinoids — CBD and THC (the main psychoactive cannabinoid).
A Brief History of Cannabis’ Legal Battle
As a byproduct of this evolution, supplement companies now have access to hemp as a source of nutritional products — which now falls under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate as a nutritional supplement.
Everything changed with the release of the 2018 Farm Bill, which lifted the ban on hemp and removed it from the controlled substances act as a schedule I drug.
In light of these reports, the world has started opening up to the use of CBD as a health supplement. But with some caveats related to the psychoactive compounds in the cannabis plant — namely THC.
Kentucky – Excluded the word “marijuana” when defining CBD products for medical use. CBD oil is legal for use as well as long as it has less than 0.3% THC.
Missouri – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are both natural compounds found in the cannabis plant. Both of them share the same molecular structure of 30 hydrogen atoms, 2 oxygen atoms , and 21 carbon atoms.
The Future of Legal CBD & Hemp
California – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
Because CBD is derived from cannabis sativa, a lot of people associate it with the hemp plant marijuana. Technically speaking the industrial hemp we use and marijunana are from the same genus of cannabis plants.
New York – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
Vermont – Legalized medical marijuana and CBD products that are approved by the FDA.
In addition to these states, sever other states have legalized medical marijuana:
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized, on the federal level, the regulated production of hemp, or any part of the cannabis plant with a THC concentration below 0.3%. States, however, have the final say in whether or not cannabis-derived products are legal within their state lines.
There are 17 states called that legalized both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana as long as you meet the minimum age requirement.
Is CBD Legal in the U.S.?
Marijuana legality varies by state, as does CBD legality.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not get a user “high;” however, its legality is still a gray area for some people because it is derived from the cannabis plant.
CBD must be legal on both the federal level and the state level in order for it to be legal in your state.
The following states have legalized CBD, some only for specific medical purposes: